A NASA satellite has captured a dramatic view (above) of China's Zhurong rover on the surface of Mars. The picture was taken by the space agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) using its High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera. Taken at an altitude of about 180 miles, the image shows the rover a little to the south of the Chinese lander that delivered Zhurong to the Martian surface last month. The marks around the lander are described as a "blast pattern" that was caused as it approached the ground during the landing procedure. "This image shows the surrounding terrain to be very typical of southern Utopia Planitia, with a smooth and mostly boulder-free region," the University of Arizona's HiRISE team said on its website, adding that the bright curving features in the photograph are "aeolian (windblown) landforms." Another image (below) captured by the HiRISE camera shows the lander's parachute and back shell, which came down some way from Zhurong after the components were discarded in the final stages of descent. Last month, China released an image of Zhurong prior to departing the lander, then released another image several days later, showing its view after trundling off the lander and onto the Martian surface…. Read full this story
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